Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • Dean of Medicine's Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University (2018)

Professional Education

  • PhD, McGill University, Neuroscience (2016)
  • Master of Science, McGill University, Psychology (2011)
  • Bachelor of Science, Dalhousie University, Neuroscience and Biology (2008)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Single-cell transcriptomic profiling of immune cells in Alzheimer's disease brain

Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis biomarkers

Alzheimer’s disease experimental therapeutics

All Publications

  • Plasma pTau181 Reveals a Pathological Signature that Predicts Cognitive Outcomes in Lewy Body Disease. Annals of neurology Abdelnour, C., Young, C. B., Shahid-Besanti, M., Smith, A., Wilson, E. N., Ramos Benitez, J., Vossler, H., Plastini, M. J., Winer, J. R., Kerchner, G. A., Cholerton, B., Andreasson, K. I., Henderson, V. W., Yutsis, M., Montine, T. J., Tian, L., Mormino, E. C., Poston, K. L. 2024


    To determine whether plasma phosphorylated-Tau181 (pTau181) could be used as a diagnostic biomarker of concurrent Alzheimer's disease neuropathologic change (ADNC) or amyloidosis alone, as well as a prognostic, monitoring, and susceptibility/risk biomarker for clinical outcomes in Lewy body disease (LBD).We studied 565 participants: 94 LBD with normal cognition, 83 LBD with abnormal cognition, 114 with Alzheimer's disease, and 274 cognitively normal. Plasma pTau181 levels were measured with the Lumipulse G platform. Diagnostic accuracy for concurrent ADNC and amyloidosis was assessed with Receiver Operating Characteristic curves in a subset of participants with CSF pTau181/Aβ42, and CSF Aβ42/Aβ40 or amyloid-β PET, respectively. Linear mixed effects models were used to examine the associations between baseline and longitudinal plasma pTau181 levels and clinical outcomes.Plasma pTau181 predicted concurrent ADNC and amyloidosis in LBD with abnormal cognition with 87% and 72% accuracy, respectively. In LBD patients with abnormal cognition, higher baseline plasma pTau181 was associated with worse baseline MoCA and CDR-SB, as well as accelerated decline in CDR-SB. Additionally, in this group, rapid increases in plasma pTau181 over 3 years predicted a faster decline in CDR-SB and memory. In LBD patients with normal cognition, there was no association between baseline or longitudinal plasma pTau181 levels and clinical outcomes; however, elevated pTau181 at baseline increased the risk of conversion to cognitive impairment.Our findings suggest that plasma pTau181 is a promising biomarker for concurrent ADNC and amyloidosis in LBD. Furthermore, plasma pTau181 holds potential as a prognostic, monitoring, and susceptibility/risk biomarker, predicting disease progression in LBD. ANN NEUROL 2024.

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  • TREM1 disrupts myeloid bioenergetics and cognitive function in aging and Alzheimer disease mouse models. Nature neuroscience Wilson, E. N., Wang, C., Swarovski, M. S., Zera, K. A., Ennerfelt, H. E., Wang, Q., Chaney, A., Gauba, E., Ramos Benitez, J. A., Le Guen, Y., Minhas, P. S., Panchal, M., Tan, Y. J., Blacher, E., A Iweka, C., Cropper, H., Jain, P., Liu, Q., Mehta, S. S., Zuckerman, A. J., Xin, M., Umans, J., Huang, J., Durairaj, A. S., Serrano, G. E., Beach, T. G., Greicius, M. D., James, M. L., Buckwalter, M. S., McReynolds, M. R., Rabinowitz, J. D., Andreasson, K. I. 2024


    Human genetics implicate defective myeloid responses in the development of late-onset Alzheimer disease. A decline in peripheral and brain myeloid metabolism, triggering maladaptive immune responses, is a feature of aging. The role of TREM1, a pro-inflammatory factor, in neurodegenerative diseases is unclear. Here we show that Trem1 deficiency prevents age-dependent changes in myeloid metabolism, inflammation and hippocampal memory function in mice. Trem1 deficiency rescues age-associated declines in ribose 5-phosphate. In vitro, Trem1-deficient microglia are resistant to amyloid-β42 oligomer-induced bioenergetic changes, suggesting that amyloid-β42 oligomer stimulation disrupts homeostatic microglial metabolism and immune function via TREM1. In the 5XFAD mouse model, Trem1 haploinsufficiency prevents spatial memory loss, preserves homeostatic microglial morphology, and reduces neuritic dystrophy and changes in the disease-associated microglial transcriptomic signature. In aging APPSwe mice, Trem1 deficiency prevents hippocampal memory decline while restoring synaptic mitochondrial function and cerebral glucose uptake. In postmortem Alzheimer disease brain, TREM1 colocalizes with Iba1+ cells around amyloid plaques and its expression is associated with Alzheimer disease clinical and neuropathological severity. Our results suggest that TREM1 promotes cognitive decline in aging and in the context of amyloid pathology.

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  • CSF proteomic profiling with amyloid/tau positivity identifies distinctive sex-different alteration of multiple proteins involved in Alzheimer's disease. medRxiv : the preprint server for health sciences Do, A. N., Ali, M., Timsina, J., Wang, L., Western, D., Liu, M., Sanford, J., Rosende-Roca, M., Boada, M., Puerta, R., Wilson, T., Ruiz, A., Pastor, P., Wyss-Coray, T., Cruchaga, C., Sung, Y. J. 2024


    In Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia, females have higher prevalence and faster progression, but sex-specific molecular findings in AD are limited. Here, we comprehensively examined and validated 7,006 aptamers targeting 6,162 proteins in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) from 2,077 amyloid/tau positive cases and controls to identify sex-specific proteomic signatures of AD. In discovery (N=1,766), we identified 330 male-specific and 121 female-specific proteomic alternations in CSF (FDR <0.05). These sex-specific proteins strongly predicted amyloid/tau positivity (AUC=0.98 in males; 0.99 in females), significantly higher than those with age, sex, and APOE-ε4 (AUC=0.85). The identified sex-specific proteins were well validated (r≥0.5) in the Stanford study (N=108) and Emory study (N=148). Biological follow-up of these proteins led to sex differences in cell-type specificity, pathways, interaction networks, and drug targets. Male-specific proteins, enriched in astrocytes and oligodendrocytes, were involved in postsynaptic and axon-genesis. The male network exhibited direct connections among 152 proteins and highlighted PTEN, NOTCH1, FYN, and MAPK8 as hubs. Drug target suggested melatonin (used for sleep-wake cycle regulation), nabumetone (used for pain), daunorubicin, and verteporfin for treating AD males. In contrast, female-specific proteins, enriched in neurons, were involved in phosphoserine residue binding including cytokine activities. The female network exhibits strong connections among 51 proteins and highlighted JUN and 14-3-3 proteins (YWHAG and YWHAZ) as hubs. Drug target suggested biperiden (for muscle control of Parkinson's disease), nimodipine (for cerebral vasospasm), quinostatin and ethaverine for treating AD females. Together, our findings provide mechanistic understanding of sex differences for AD risk and insights into clinically translatable interventions.

    View details for DOI 10.1101/2024.03.15.24304164

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  • Multiple biomarkers improve diagnostic accuracy across Lewy body and Alzheimer's disease spectra. Annals of clinical and translational neurology Plastini, M. J., Abdelnour, C., Young, C. B., Wilson, E. N., Shahid-Besanti, M., Lamoureux, J., Andreasson, K. I., Kerchner, G. A., Montine, T. J., Henderson, V. W., Poston, K. L. 2024


    More than half of neurodegenerative disease patients have multiple pathologies at autopsy; however, most receive one diagnosis during life. We used the α-synuclein seed amplification assay (αSyn-SAA) and CSF biomarkers for amyloidosis and Alzheimer's disease (AD) neuropathological change (ADNC) to determine the frequency of co-pathologies in participants clinically diagnosed with Lewy body (LB) disease or AD.Using receiver operating characteristic analyses on retrospective CSF samples from 150 participants determined αSyn-SAA accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity for identifying clinically defined LB disease and predicting future change in clinical diagnosis. CSF biomarkers helped determine the frequency of concomitant Lewy body pathology, ADNC, and/or amyloidosis in participants with LB disease and AD, across clinical spectra.Following a decade-long follow-up, the clinically or autopsy-defined diagnosis changed for nine participants. αSyn-SAA demonstrated improved accuracy (91.3%), sensitivity (89.3%), and specificity (93.3%) for identifying LB disease compared to all non-LB disease, highlighting the limitations of clinical diagnosis alone. When examining biomarkers of co-pathology, amyloidosis was present in 18%, 48%, and 71% (χ2 (2) = 13.56, p = 0.001) and AD biomarkers were present in 0%, 8.7%, and 42.9% (χ2 (2) = 18.44, p < 0.001) of LB disease participants with different stages of cognitive impairment respectively. Co-occurring biomarkers for αSyn-SAA and amyloidosis were present in 12% and 14% of AD compared to 43% and 57% LB disease participants with different stages of cognitive impairment (χ2 (3) = 13.87, p = 0.003).Our study shows that using a combination of αSyn-SAA and AD biomarkers can identify people with αSyn, ADNC, and co-pathology better and earlier than traditional clinical diagnostic criteria alone.

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  • Nanolithium, a New Treatment Approach to Alzheimer's Disease: A Review of Existing Evidence and Clinical Perspectives. The journal of prevention of Alzheimer's disease Guilliot, S., Wilson, E. N., Touchon, J., Soto, M. E. 2024; 11 (2): 428-434


    Lithium has been approved and used for several decades in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, and its potential effect in neurodegenerative diseases has been subject to increasing research interest in recent years. Nanolithium is a new experimental product using a novel drug-delivery technology (Aonys®), which optimizes its bioavailability while reducing its toxicity profile. Therapeutic doses of lithium used in Nanolithium are more than 50 times lower than the minimal dose of classical lithium salts. In this review we report data from non-clinical pharmacology studies supporting Nanolithium efficacy and the mechanism of action in Alzheimer's disease. GSK-3β inhibition is thought to be central to Nanolithium's mechanism of action, triggering a reduction of the production of toxic amyloid plaques and decrease in tau hyperphosphorylation, which could potentially benefit both neuropsychiatric symptoms and cognitive decline. We then summarize outcomes from non-clinical proof-of-concept studies. These data supported the initiation of a currently ongoing phase II proof-of-concept study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Nanolithium in patients with mild-to-severe Alzheimer's disease. We highlight key aspects of the study design. We finish this review with a discussion on the potential place of Nanolithium in the current and future Alzheimer's disease treatment landscape.

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  • Multi-cohort cerebrospinal fluid proteomics identifies robust molecular signatures for asymptomatic and symptomatic Alzheimer's disease. Research square Cruchaga, C., Ali, M., Shen, Y., Do, A., Wang, L., Western, D., Liu, M., Beric, A., Budde, J., Gentsch, J., Schindler, S., Morris, J., Holtzman, D., Fernandez, M., Ruiz, A., Alvarez, I., Aguilar, M., Pastor, P., Rutledge, J., Oh, H., Wilson, E., Le Guen, Y., Khalid, R., Robins, C., Pulford, D., Ibanez, L., Wyss-Coray, T., Ju Sung, Y. 2024


    Changes in Amyloid-beta (A), hyperphosphorylated Tau (T) in brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) precedes AD symptoms, making CSF proteome a potential avenue to understand the pathophysiology and facilitate reliable diagnostics and therapies. Using the AT framework and a three-stage study design (discovery, replication, and meta-analysis), we identified 2,173 proteins dysregulated in AD, that were further validated in a third totally independent cohort. Machine learning was implemented to create and validate highly accurate and replicable (AUC>0.90) models that predict AD biomarker positivity and clinical status. These models can also identify people that will convert to AD and those AD cases with faster progression. The associated proteins cluster in four different protein pseudo-trajectories groups spanning the AD continuum and were enrichment in specific pathways including neuronal death, apoptosis and tau phosphorylation (early stages), microglia dysregulation and endolysosomal dysfuncton(mid-stages), brain plasticity and longevity (mid-stages) and late microglia-neuron crosstalk (late stages).

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  • Post-translational modifications linked to preclinical Alzheimer's disease-related pathological and cognitive changes. Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association Abiose, O., Rutledge, J., Moran-Losada, P., Belloy, M. E., Wilson, E. N., He, Z., Trelle, A. N., Channappa, D., Romero, A., Park, J., Yutsis, M. V., Sha, S. J., Andreasson, K. I., Poston, K. L., Henderson, V. W., Wagner, A. D., Wyss-Coray, T., Mormino, E. C. 2023


    In this study, we leverage proteomic techniques to identify communities of proteins underlying Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk among clinically unimpaired (CU) older adults.We constructed a protein co-expression network using 3869 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) proteins quantified by SomaLogic, Inc., in a cohort of participants along the AD clinical spectrum. We then replicated this network in an independent cohort of CU older adults and related these modules to clinically-relevant outcomes.We discovered modules enriched for phosphorylation and ubiquitination that were associated with abnormal amyloid status, as well as p-tau181 (M4: β = 2.44, p < 0.001, M7: β = 2.57, p < 0.001) and executive function performance (M4: β = -2.00, p = 0.005, M7: β = -2.39, p < 0.001).In leveraging CSF proteomic data from individuals spanning the clinical spectrum of AD, we highlight the importance of post-translational modifications for early cognitive and pathological changes.

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  • Organ aging signatures in the plasma proteome track health and disease. Nature Oh, H. S., Rutledge, J., Nachun, D., Pálovics, R., Abiose, O., Moran-Losada, P., Channappa, D., Urey, D. Y., Kim, K., Sung, Y. J., Wang, L., Timsina, J., Western, D., Liu, M., Kohlfeld, P., Budde, J., Wilson, E. N., Guen, Y., Maurer, T. M., Haney, M., Yang, A. C., He, Z., Greicius, M. D., Andreasson, K. I., Sathyan, S., Weiss, E. F., Milman, S., Barzilai, N., Cruchaga, C., Wagner, A. D., Mormino, E., Lehallier, B., Henderson, V. W., Longo, F. M., Montgomery, S. B., Wyss-Coray, T. 2023; 624 (7990): 164-172


    Animal studies show aging varies between individuals as well as between organs within an individual1-4, but whether this is true in humans and its effect on age-related diseases is unknown. We utilized levels of human blood plasma proteins originating from specific organs to measure organ-specific aging differences in living individuals. Using machine learning models, we analysed aging in 11 major organs and estimated organ age reproducibly in five independent cohorts encompassing 5,676 adults across the human lifespan. We discovered nearly 20% of the population show strongly accelerated age in one organ and 1.7% are multi-organ agers. Accelerated organ aging confers 20-50% higher mortality risk, and organ-specific diseases relate to faster aging of those organs. We find individuals with accelerated heart aging have a 250% increased heart failure risk and accelerated brain and vascular aging predict Alzheimer's disease (AD) progression independently from and as strongly as plasma pTau-181 (ref. 5), the current best blood-based biomarker for AD. Our models link vascular calcification, extracellular matrix alterations and synaptic protein shedding to early cognitive decline. We introduce a simple and interpretable method to study organ aging using plasma proteomics data, predicting diseases and aging effects.

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  • Blood Biomarkers Elucidate the Mechanism of Cognitive Dysfunction in Neuromyelitis Optica and Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein Antibody Associated Disease Han, M., Vlahovic, L., Wilson, E. SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD. 2023: 827-828
  • PET imaging of TREM1 identifies CNS-infiltrating myeloid cells in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. Science translational medicine Chaney, A. M., Cropper, H. C., Jain, P., Wilson, E., Simonetta, F., Johnson, E. M., Alam, I. S., Patterson, I. T., Swarovski, M., Stevens, M. Y., Wang, Q., Azevedo, C., Nagy, S. C., Ramos Benitez, J., Deal, E. M., Vogel, H., Andreasson, K. I., James, M. L. 2023; 15 (702): eabm6267


    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune-mediated demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that causes substantial morbidity and diminished quality of life. Evidence highlights the central role of myeloid lineage cells in the initiation and progression of MS. However, existing imaging strategies for detecting myeloid cells in the CNS cannot distinguish between beneficial and harmful immune responses. Thus, imaging strategies that specifically identify myeloid cells and their activation states are critical for MS disease staging and monitoring of therapeutic responses. We hypothesized that positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 1 (TREM1) could be used to monitor deleterious innate immune responses and disease progression in the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) mouse model of MS. We first validated TREM1 as a specific marker of proinflammatory, CNS-infiltrating, peripheral myeloid cells in mice with EAE. We show that the 64Cu-radiolabeled TREM1 antibody-based PET tracer monitored active disease with 14- to 17-fold higher sensitivity than translocator protein 18 kDa (TSPO)-PET imaging, the established approach for detecting neuroinflammation in vivo. We illustrate the therapeutic potential of attenuating TREM1 signaling both genetically and pharmacologically in the EAE mice and show that TREM1-PET imaging detected responses to an FDA-approved MS therapy with siponimod (BAF312) in these animals. Last, we observed TREM1+ cells in clinical brain biopsy samples from two treatment-naïve patients with MS but not in healthy control brain tissue. Thus, TREM1-PET imaging has potential for aiding in the diagnosis of MS and monitoring of therapeutic responses to drug treatment.

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  • Proteogenomic analysis of human cerebrospinal fluid identifies neurologically relevant regulation and informs causal proteins for Alzheimer's disease. Research square Cruchaga, C., Western, D., Timsina, J., Wang, L., Wang, C., Yang, C., Ali, M., Beric, A., Gorijala, P., Kohlfeld, P., Budde, J., Levey, A., Morris, J., Perrin, R., Ruiz, A., Marquié, M., Boada, M., de Rojas, I., Rutledge, J., Oh, H., Wilson, E., Guen, Y. L., Alvarez, I., Aguilar, M., Greicius, M., Pastor, P., Pulford, D., Ibanez, L., Wyss-Coray, T., Sung, Y. J., Phillips, B. 2023


    The integration of quantitative trait loci (QTL) with disease genome-wide association studies (GWAS) has proven successful at prioritizing candidate genes at disease-associated loci. QTL mapping has mainly been focused on multi-tissue expression QTL or plasma protein QTL (pQTL). Here we generated the largest-to-date cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pQTL atlas by analyzing 7,028 proteins in 3,107 samples. We identified 3,373 independent study-wide associations for 1,961 proteins, including 2,448 novel pQTLs of which 1,585 are unique to CSF, demonstrating unique genetic regulation of the CSF proteome. In addition to the established chr6p22.2-21.32 HLA region, we identified pleiotropic regions on chr3q28 near OSTN and chr19q13.32 near APOE that were enriched for neuron-specificity and neurological development. We also integrated this pQTL atlas with the latest Alzheimer's disease (AD) GWAS through PWAS, colocalization and Mendelian Randomization and identified 42 putative causal proteins for AD, 15 of which have drugs available. Finally, we developed a proteomics-based risk score for AD that outperforms genetics-based polygenic risk scores. These findings will be instrumental to further understand the biology and identify causal and druggable proteins for brain and neurological traits.

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  • Performance of a fully-automated Lumipulse plasma phospho-tau181 assay for Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's research & therapy Wilson, E. N., Young, C. B., Ramos Benitez, J., Swarovski, M. S., Feinstein, I., Vandijck, M., Le Guen, Y., Kasireddy, N. M., Shahid, M., Corso, N. K., Wang, Q., Kennedy, G., Trelle, A. N., Lind, B., Channappa, D., Belnap, M., Ramirez, V., Skylar-Scott, I., Younes, K., Yutsis, M. V., Le Bastard, N., Quinn, J. F., van Dyck, C. H., Nairn, A., Fredericks, C. A., Tian, L., Kerchner, G. A., Montine, T. J., Sha, S. J., Davidzon, G., Henderson, V. W., Longo, F. M., Greicius, M. D., Wagner, A. D., Wyss-Coray, T., Poston, K. L., Mormino, E. C., Andreasson, K. I. 2022; 14 (1): 172


    BACKGROUND: The recent promise of disease-modifying therapies for Alzheimer's disease (AD) has reinforced the need for accurate biomarkers for early disease detection, diagnosis and treatment monitoring. Advances in the development of novel blood-based biomarkers for AD have revealed that plasma levels of tau phosphorylated at various residues are specific and sensitive to AD dementia. However, the currently available tests have shortcomings in access, throughput, and scalability that limit widespread implementation.METHODS: We evaluated the diagnostic and prognostic performance of a high-throughput and fully-automated Lumipulse plasma p-tau181 assay for the detection of AD. Plasma from older clinically unimpaired individuals (CU, n = 463) and patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI, n = 107) or AD dementia (n = 78) were obtained from the longitudinal Stanford University Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) and the Stanford Aging and Memory Study (SAMS) cohorts. We evaluated the discriminative accuracy of plasma p-tau181 for clinical AD diagnosis, association with amyloid beta peptides and p-tau181 concentrations in CSF, association with amyloid positron emission tomography (PET), and ability to predict longitudinal cognitive and functional change.RESULTS: The assay showed robust performance in differentiating AD from control participants (AUC 0.959, CI: 0.912 to 0.990), and was strongly associated with CSF p-tau181, CSF Abeta42/Abeta40 ratio, and amyloid-PET global SUVRs. Associations between plasma p-tau181 with CSF biomarkers were significant when examined separately in Abeta+ and Abeta- groups. Plasma p-tau181 significantly increased over time in CU and AD diagnostic groups. After controlling for clinical diagnosis, age, sex, and education, baseline plasma p-tau181 predicted change in MoCA overall and change in CDR Sum of Boxes in the AD group over follow-up of up to 5 years.CONCLUSIONS: This fully-automated and available blood-based biomarker assay therefore may be useful for early detection, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment monitoring of AD.

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  • alpha-synuclein seed amplification in CSF and brain from patients with different brain distributions of pathological alpha-synuclein in the context of co-pathology and non-LBD diagnoses. Annals of neurology Arnold, M. R., Coughlin, D. G., Brumbach, B. H., Smirnov, D. S., Concha-Marambio, L., Farris, C. M., Ma, Y., Inc, A., Kim, Y., Wilson, E. N., Kaye, J. A., Hiniker, A., Woltjer, R. L., Galasko, D. R., Quinn, J. F. 2022


    OBJECTIVE: To determine the sensitivity and specificity of alpha-synuclein seed amplification assay (alphaSyn-SAA) in antemortem and postmortem CSF of autopsy-confirmed patients with different distributions of pathological alphaSyn, co-pathologies, and clinical diagnoses.METHODS: alphaSyn-SAA was used to test antemortem CSF samples from 119 subjects with a variety of clinical syndromes and standardized neuropathological examinations from OHSU and UCSD (56 additional postmortem CSF samples available). The alphaSyn-SAA was also applied to frontal cortex and amygdala homogenates. Sensitivity and specificity were compared across distributions of alphaSyn-pathology. Clinical data and co-pathologies were compared across alphaSyn-SAA positive and negative groups.RESULTS: Fifty-three individuals without and 66 with alphaSyn-pathology (neocortical (n=38), limbic (n=7), and amygdala-predominant (n=21)) were included. There was a sensitivity of 97.8% and specificity of 98.1% of the alphaSyn-SAA to identify patients with limbic/neocortical pathology from antemortem CSF. Sensitivity to detect amygdala-predominant pathology was only 14.3%. Postmortem CSF and brain tissue alphaSyn-SAA analyses also showed higher assay positivity in samples from limbic/neocortical cases.INTERPRETATION: CSF alphaSyn-SAA reliably identifies alphaSyn seeds in patients with diffuse alphaSyn-pathology in the context of co-pathology and non-LBD diagnoses. The analysis of brain homogenates suggests that pathological alphaSyn in amygdala might differ from pathological alphaSyn in frontal cortex. alphaSyn-SAA might facilitate the differential diagnosis of dementias with mixed pathologies. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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  • Limited proteolysis-mass spectrometry reveals aging-associated changes in cerebrospinal fluid protein abundances and structures (vol 2, pg 379, 2022) NATURE AGING Shuken, S. R., Rutledge, J., Iram, T., Losada, P., Wilson, E. N., Andreasson, K. I., Leib, R. D., Wyss-Coray, T. 2022; 2 (5): 455
  • Limited proteolysis–mass spectrometry reveals aging-associated changes in cerebrospinal fluid protein abundances and structures Nature Aging Shuken, S. R., Rutledge, J., Iram, T., Moran Losada, P., Wilson, E. N., Andreasson, K. I., Leib, R. D., Wyss-Coray, T. 2022
  • Plasma Biomarkers of Tau and Neurodegeneration During Major Cardiac and Noncardiac Surgery. JAMA neurology Feinstein, I., Wilson, E. N., Swarovski, M. S., Andreasson, K. I., Angst, M. S., Greicius, M. D. 2021

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  • Association of CSF Biomarkers with Hippocampal-dependent Memory in Preclinical Alzheimer Disease. Neurology Trelle, A. N., Carr, V. A., Wilson, E. N., Swarovski, M. S., Hunt, M. P., Toueg, T. N., Tran, T. T., Channappa, D. n., Corso, N. K., Thieu, M. K., Jayakumar, M. n., Nadiadwala, A. n., Guo, W. n., Tanner, N. J., Bernstein, J. D., Litovsky, C. P., Guerin, S. A., Khazenzon, A. M., Harrison, M. B., Rutt, B. K., Deutsch, G. K., Chin, F. T., Davidzon, G. A., Hall, J. N., Sha, S. J., Fredericks, C. A., Andreasson, K. I., Kerchner, G. A., Wagner, A. D., Mormino, E. C. 2021


    To determine if memory tasks with demonstrated sensitivity to hippocampal function can detect variance related to preclinical Alzheimer's disease (AD) biomarkers, we examined associations between performance in three memory tasks and CSF Aβ42/Aβ40 and p-tau181 in cognitively unimpaired older adults (CU).CU enrolled in the Stanford Aging and Memory Study (N=153; age 68.78 ± 5.81 yrs; 94 female) completed a lumbar puncture and memory assessments. CSF Aβ42, Aβ40, and phosopho-tau181 (p-tau181) were measured with the automated Lumipulse G system in a single-batch analysis. Episodic memory was assayed using a standardized delayed recall composite, paired associate (word-picture) cued recall, and a mnemonic discrimination task that involves discrimination between studied 'target' objects, novel 'foil' objects, and perceptually similar 'lure' objects. Analyses examined cross-sectional relationships between memory performance, age, and CSF measures, controlling for sex and education.Age and lower Aβ42/Aβ40 were independently associated with elevated p-tau181. Age, Aβ42/Aβ40, and p-tau181 were each associated with a) poorer associative memory and b) diminished improvement in mnemonic discrimination performance across levels of decreased task difficulty (i.e., target-lure similarity). P-tau mediated the effect of Aβ42/Aβ40 on memory. Relationships between CSF proteins and delayed recall were similar but non-significant. CSF Aβ42 was not significantly associated with p-tau181 or memory.Tests designed to tax hippocampal function are sensitive to subtle individual differences in memory among CU, and correlate with early AD-associated biomarker changes in CSF. These tests may offer utility for identifying cognitively unimpaired older adults with preclinical AD pathology.

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  • TAM-ping down amyloid in Alzheimer's disease. Nature immunology Wilson, E. N., Andreasson, K. I. 2021

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  • TREM1-PET imaging of pro-inflammatory myeloid cells distinguishes active disease from remission in Multiple Sclerosis Chaney, A., Wilson, E., Jain, P., Cropper, H., Swarovski, M., Lucot, K., Vogel, H., Andreasson, K., James, M. L. SOC NUCLEAR MEDICINE INC. 2020
  • Soluble TREM2 is elevated in Parkinson's disease subgroups with increased CSF tau. Brain : a journal of neurology Wilson, E. N., Swarovski, M. S., Linortner, P. n., Shahid, M. n., Zuckerman, A. J., Wang, Q. n., Channappa, D. n., Minhas, P. S., Mhatre, S. D., Plowey, E. D., Quinn, J. F., Zabetian, C. P., Tian, L. n., Longo, F. M., Cholerton, B. n., Montine, T. J., Poston, K. L., Andreasson, K. I. 2020


    Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease and affects 1% of the population above 60 years old. Although Parkinson's disease commonly manifests with motor symptoms, a majority of patients with Parkinson's disease subsequently develop cognitive impairment, which often progresses to dementia, a major cause of morbidity and disability. Parkinson's disease is characterized by α-synuclein accumulation that frequently associates with amyloid-β and tau fibrils, the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease neuropathological changes; this co-occurrence suggests that onset of cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease may be associated with appearance of pathological amyloid-β and/or tau. Recent studies have highlighted the appearance of the soluble form of the triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 (sTREM2) receptor in CSF during development of Alzheimer's disease. Given the known association of microglial activation with advancing Parkinson's disease, we investigated whether CSF and/or plasma sTREM2 differed between CSF biomarker-defined Parkinson's disease participant subgroups. In this cross-sectional study, we examined 165 participants consisting of 17 cognitively normal elderly subjects, 45 patients with Parkinson's disease with no cognitive impairment, 86 with mild cognitive impairment, and 17 with dementia. Stratification of subjects by CSF amyloid-β and tau levels revealed that CSF sTREM2 concentrations were elevated in Parkinson's disease subgroups with a positive tau CSF biomarker signature, but not in Parkinson's disease subgroups with a positive CSF amyloid-β biomarker signature. These findings indicate that CSF sTREM2 could serve as a surrogate immune biomarker of neuronal injury in Parkinson's disease.

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  • NP03, a Microdose Lithium Formulation, Blunts Early Amyloid Post-Plaque Neuropathology in McGill-R-Thy1-APP Alzheimer-Like Transgenic Rats. Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD Wilson, E. N., Do Carmo, S., Welikovitch, L. A., Hall, H., Aguilar, L. F., Foret, M. K., Iulita, M. F., Jia, D. T., Marks, A. R., Allard, S., Emmerson, J. T., Ducatenzeiler, A., Cuello, A. C. 2019


    Epidemiological, preclinical, and clinical studies have suggested a role for microdose lithium in reducing Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk by modulating key mechanisms associated with AD pathology. The novel microdose lithium formulation, NP03, has disease-modifying effects in the McGill-R-Thy1-APP transgenic rat model of AD-like amyloidosis at pre-plaque stages, before frank amyloid-beta (Abeta) plaque deposition, during which Abeta is primarily intraneuronal. Here, we are interested in determining whether the positive effects of microdose lithium extend into early Abeta post-plaque stages. We administered NP03 (40mug Li/kg; 1 ml/kg body weight) to McGill-R-Thy1-APP transgenic rats for 12 weeks spanning the transition phase from plaque-free to plaque-bearing. The effect of NP03 on remote working memory was assessed using the novel object recognition task. Levels of human Abeta38, Abeta40, and Abeta42 as well as levels of pro-inflammatory mediators were measured in brain-extracts and plasma using electrochemiluminescent assays. Mature Abeta plaques were visualized with a thioflavin-S staining. Vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT) bouton density and levels of chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 1 (CXCL1), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE) were probed using quantitative immunohistochemistry. During the early Abeta post-plaque stage, we find that NP03 rescues functional deficits in object recognition, reduces loss of cholinergic boutons in the hippocampus, reduces levels of soluble and insoluble cortical Abeta42 and reduces hippocampal Abeta plaque number. In addition, NP03 reduces markers of neuroinflammation and cellular oxidative stress. Together these results indicate that microdose lithium NP03 is effective at later stages of amyloid pathology, after appearance of Abeta plaques.

    View details for DOI 10.3233/JAD-190862

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  • PGE(2) signaling via the neuronal EP2 receptor increases injury in a model of cerebral ischemia PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Liu, Q., Liang, X., Wang, Q., Wilson, E. N., Lam, R., Wang, J., Kong, W., Tsai, C., Pan, T., Larkin, P. B., Shamloo, M., Andreasson, K. I. 2019; 116 (20): 10019–24
  • Peripheral TREM1 responses to brain and intestinal immunogens amplify stroke severity Nature Immunology Liu, Q., Johnson, E., et al 2019
  • Microdose Lithium NP03 Diminishes Pre-Plaque Oxidative Damage and Neuroinflammation in a Rat Model of Alzheimer’s-like Amyloidosis Current Alzheimer Research Wilson, E. N., Do Carmo, S., Iulita, M., Hall, H., Austin, G. L., Jia, D., Malcolm, J. C., Foret, M. K., Marks, A. R., Butterfield, D., Cuello, A. 2018
  • Intraneuronal Amyloid Beta Accumulation Disrupts Hippocampal CRTC1-Dependent Gene Expression and Cognitive Function in a Rat Model of Alzheimer Disease CEREBRAL CORTEX Wilson, E. N., Abela, A. R., Do Carmo, S., Allard, S., Marks, A. R., Welikovitch, L. A., Ducatenzeiler, A., Chudasama, Y., Cuello, A. C. 2017; 27 (2): 1501-1511


    In Alzheimer disease (AD), the accumulation of amyloid beta (Aβ) begins decades before cognitive symptoms and progresses from intraneuronal material to extracellular plaques. To date, however, the precise mechanism by which the early buildup of Aβ peptides leads to cognitive dysfunction remains unknown. Here, we investigate the impact of the early Aβ accumulation on temporal and frontal lobe dysfunction. We compared the performance of McGill-R-Thy1-APP transgenic AD rats with wild-type littermate controls on a visual discrimination task using a touchscreen operant platform. Subsequently, we conducted studies to establish the biochemical and molecular basis for the behavioral alterations. It was found that the presence of intraneuronal Aβ caused a severe associative learning deficit in the AD rats. This coincided with reduced nuclear translocation and genomic occupancy of the CREB co-activator, CRTC1, and decreased production of synaptic plasticity-associated transcripts Arc, c-fos, Egr1, and Bdnf. Thus, blockade of CRTC1-dependent gene expression in the early, preplaque phase of AD-like pathology provides a molecular basis for the cognitive deficits that figure so prominently in early AD.

    View details for DOI 10.1093/cercor/bhv332

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  • BACE1 inhibition by microdose lithium formulation NP03 rescues memory loss and early stage amyloid neuropathology Translational Psychiatry Wilson, E. N., Do Carmo, S., Iulita, M., Hall, H., Ducatenzeiler, A., Marks, A. R., Allard, S., Jia, D., Windheim, J., Cuello, A. C. 2017; 7: 1-10

    View details for DOI 10.1038/tp.2017.169

  • Differential deregulation of NGF and BDNF neurotrophins in a transgenic rat model of Alzheimer's disease Neurobiology of Disease Iulita, M., Bistué Millón, M., Pentz, R., Aguilar, L., Do Carmo, S., Allard, S., Michalski, B., Wilson, E. N., Ducatenzeiler, A., Bruno, M. A., Fahnestock, M., Cuello, A. 2017: 307–23


    Evidence from human neuropathological studies indicates that the levels of the neurotrophins nerve growth factor (NGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are compromised in Alzheimer's disease. However, the causes and temporal (pathology-dependent) evolution of these alterations are not completely understood. To elucidate these issues, we investigated the McGill-R-Thy1-APP transgenic rat, which exhibits progressive intracellular and extracellular amyloid-beta (Aβ) pathology and ensuing cognitive deficits. Neurochemical analyses revealed a differential dysregulation of NGF and BDNF transcripts and protein expression. While BDNF mRNA levels were significantly reduced at very early stages of amyloid pathology, before plaques appeared, there were no changes in NGF mRNA expression even at advanced stages. Paradoxically, the protein levels of the NGF precursor were increased. These changes in neurotrophin expression are identical to those seen during the progression of Alzheimer's disease. At advanced pathological stages, deficits in the protease cascade controlling the maturation and degradation of NGF were evident in McGill transgenic rats, in line with the paradoxical upregulation of proNGF, as seen in Alzheimer's disease, in the absence of changes in NGF mRNA. The compromise in NGF metabolism and BDNF levels was accompanied by downregulation of cortical cholinergic synapses; strengthening the evidence that neurotrophin dysregulation affects cholinergic synapses and synaptic plasticity. Our findings suggest a differential temporal deregulation of NGF and BDNF neurotrophins, whereby deficits in BDNF mRNA appear at early stages of intraneuronal Aβ pathology, before alterations in NGF metabolism and cholinergic synapse loss manifest.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.nbd.2017.08.019

  • Full Reversal of Cognitive Decline in Rat Model of Alzheimer Disease Wilson, E. N., Iulita, M., Do Carmo, S., Cuello, A. CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC. 2015: 375
  • Longitudinal testing of hippocampal plasticity reveals the onset and maintenance of endogenous human Aß-induced synaptic dysfunction in individual freely behaving pre-plaque transgenic rats: rapid reversal by anti-Aß agents. Acta neuropathologica communications Qi, Y., Klyubin, I., Harney, S. C., Hu, N., Cullen, W. K., Grant, M. K., Steffen, J., Wilson, E. N., Do Carmo, S., Remy, S., Fuhrmann, M., Ashe, K. H., Cuello, A. C., Rowan, M. J. 2014; 2: 175-?


    Long before synaptic loss occurs in Alzheimer's disease significant harbingers of disease may be detected at the functional level. Here we examined if synaptic long-term potentiation is selectively disrupted prior to extracellular deposition of Aß in a very complete model of Alzheimer's disease amyloidosis, the McGill-R-Thy1-APP transgenic rat. Longitudinal studies in freely behaving animals revealed an age-dependent, relatively rapid-onset and persistent inhibition of long-term potentiation without a change in baseline synaptic transmission in the CA1 area of the hippocampus. Thus the ability of a standard 200 Hz conditioning protocol to induce significant NMDA receptor-dependent short- and long-term potentiation was lost at about 3.5 months of age and this deficit persisted for at least another 2-3 months, when plaques start to appear. Consistent with in vitro evidence for a causal role of a selective reduction in NMDA receptor-mediated synaptic currents, the deficit in synaptic plasticity in vivo was associated with a reduction in the synaptic burst response to the conditioning stimulation and was overcome using stronger 400 Hz stimulation. Moreover, intracerebroventricular treatment for 3 days with an N-terminally directed monoclonal anti- human Aß antibody, McSA1, transiently reversed the impairment of synaptic plasticity. Similar brief treatment with the BACE1 inhibitor LY2886721 or the γ-secretase inhibitor MRK-560 was found to have a comparable short-lived ameliorative effect when tracked in individual rats. These findings provide strong evidence that endogenously generated human Aß selectively disrupts the induction of long-term potentiation in a manner that enables potential therapeutic options to be assessed longitudinally at the pre-plaque stage of Alzheimer's disease amyloidosis.

    View details for DOI 10.1186/s40478-014-0175-x

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  • Neurovascular architecture following monocular deprivation in monkey primary visual cortex Wilson, E. N., Duffy, K. R. CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC. 2010: 310